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With so much emphasis placed on open-plan living, and indoor/outdoor space in new homes, it’s easy to forget to focus on another room you spend a lot of time in: the master bedroom! It’s easy to fall into the trap of viewing the master bedroom purely as a functional space to sleep in each night, but more and more people are designing master suites that even the most extravagant hotels would envy, and we’ve got some tips to help you create a master bedroom that evokes the feeling of a luxurious sanctuary.
The most important piece of furniture in the master suite is the bed. Comfort is a must, but choosing a design that works with the room is just as important. Selecting a style with an eye-catching bedhead in an upholstered fabric or leather, or even a four poster style means the bed will be a statement on its own. Placing it against a coloured wall or wallpaper creates a feature wall that immediately elevates the feel of the room from functional to fabulous. Gone are the days of purchasing a matching four-piece set of furniture. More and more people are opting for a mix and match style of bedside tables, drawers, and beds to put their own unique style stamp on the space.
Including a walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom is common in new homes, as well as an ensuite bathroom with his ‘n’ hers sinks. You can discreetly place a sizeable walk-in wardrobe behind the bed, hidden by a feature wall, and the ensuite is best positioned off to the side of the room, or inside the entry to the master suite, keeping it separate from the main space but still close by. The size of the room will determine the size of the furniture that will complement it. A smaller master suite can still feel spacious – you just to need to ensure you choose a bed and accompanying furniture that’s slimline and modern, while larger rooms will allow you to select furniture that’s grander and fills the room.
A bedroom should feel calm as soon as you enter it. Having a variety of lighting to create a soft, serene atmosphere will create this feeling of quietude, particularly at night when lighting can be dimmed. Statement pendant lights over each bedside table draw the eye towards the top of the bed, and continue the softly lit atmosphere. A soft, thick carpet underfoot will evoke a feeling of luxury, or if you have floorboards, a large area rug positioned halfway under the bottom part of the bed will give your feet something soft to land on when you get up in the morning. If you have large windows, curtains may suit the space and create a feeling of opulence, whereas smaller windows may call for sleek blinds or shutters to create a feeling of space and openness while still allowing lots of natural light in during the day.
One of the best ways to create a master suite that feels elegant and chic is to include beautiful soft furnishings. Bedding that’s layered with different textures and includes a number of different pillows, cushions, and blankets will create a feeling of richness and comfort. If your room allows it, a plush armchair in a patterned fabric or rich colour will add a little element of style to any corner. Placing decorative items like candles on the top of your dresser, or touches of greenery with small plants on a few surfaces, including in the ensuite, will add a little life to the spaces as well.
Having a master suite that creates the feeling of a luxury space to escape to and relax in is one of the most important things when building your new home, and it’s something you’ll appreciate for years to come. For more tips and inspiration for your dream home, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
From the stunning polished concrete floors to the beautiful blue, white and wooden accents, it’s the perfect beach home that is truly reminiscent of the sea.
Starting in the kitchen, the beautiful lightwood benchtop teamed with white cabinetry instantly promotes an airiness, while still retaining a cosy charm. With plenty of bench space and a walk-in-pantry, the kitchen would be a hit for any budding master chef.
The living space incorporates the wooden look loved by all beach homes on another level. The stunning coffee table acts as a centrepiece, and the patterned armchairs add layer and depth to the space. Topped off with some greenery and ocean-inspired artwork, you’ll feel like you are right on the shoreline of the beach!
Nothing screams coastal more than light blue tiles! Following the style of the kitchen, the ensuite utilises more white and wooden textures. The stand-out feature is the double waterfall shower for a touch of luxury!
To do a coastal home right, you need to include an incredible alfresco to complete the indoor/outdoor experience. With large stacker doors, you’ll feel as though you are inside and outside simultaneously. Nautical stripes and a plunge pool complete the feel.
We couldn’t choose a favourite bedroom, so we included them all! Each one encapsulates the beachy-style we love, and utilises the best colours and styles for the look. The master bedroom opens directly to the backyard, another example of a beautiful combination of indoor and outdoor living.
To view Hotondo Homes full range of designs, visit our website at hotondo.com.au
The easiest way to include additional storage in your home without taking up space is to purchase items that double up as a functional item and as a storage unit.
Below we have listed ways to add additional storage to every room of your home and make the most of the space you have!
The space under your bed: The most obvious solution to add more storage in your bedroom is to utilise the space underneath the bed. While a bed with built-in storage is a great idea, you can also hack your way to a little extra space by using drawers with wheels on them for easy access! Check out this neat tutorial!
The space over your bed: The space above your bed is probably the second most wasted area in the entire bedroom. Look at installing sleek wall units here to keep it from looking too ‘clunky’, and you’ll have more space to store books, clothing or to hide away your mess!
The functional coffee table: Invest in a coffee table that doubles as a storage unit. Alternatively, decorative baskets or cubes can be placed underneath the table to fill the space, and they have the exact same effect.
Create your own mudroom: If you don’t have space for an entire mudroom, why not create your own simplified version? A ‘mudroom bench’ can store your raincoats, shoes, jackets and other outdoor equipment easily and in a convenient location right by the door. Opt for a bench with a high backboard with hooks for your clothing, and a flip-top bench for extra, hidden storage.
Or alternatively… a simple clothes hooks can do the trick if a whole bench is not a realistic option!
A garden bench with hidden storage: Like we said, the best kind of additional storage is those pieces with a dual purpose! A garden bench offers a place for people to relax and enjoy a beautiful summer’s day, and can also be used to hide messy hoses, gardening equipment or shoes.
Wall-mounted clothesline: If you use a clothes horse during winter, you’ll know just how much valuable space is given up for this little beauty. A retractable, indoor clothes line is a great alternative that can easily be folded away when not in use.
Think back: The back of your pantry door is a great space to utilise. You can use pegs to hang baskets or bins from it to store a whole range of items, just be careful of the weight!
Think wall: Got a spare bit of wall available? Why not use it as a place to hang your pots and pans! Install pegs, or try something a little more creative like this.
Need extra room for your makeup, moisturisers, soaps and other miscellaneous items you have stocked up on over the years? Invest in some easy-to-install mounted shelves which could be used over your towel rack, in the corners or your room or even over the mirror! Another alternative is to install hanging baskets from the ceilings, for a slightly more eccentric look!
Do you have any other ways to add storage to you home? Let us know in the comments!
We pride ourselves on releasing new home designs suited to a wide range of home buyers.
The 2017 release features two single storey homes and three double storey homes. Check out each of them below, and follow the link for more information!
Forever Retreat Range
Narrow in design, the Meridian is perfect for a smaller allotment. The bedrooms are all at the front of the home which maximises the available space in the living area at the rear, as well as providing much-valued privacy.
Forever Sanctuary Range
The Willowgrove is one of our new favourites. Featuring a large alfresco, home theatre and formal living area this home provides the perfect space for entertaining whether you’re enjoying a beautiful summer evening, hosting a movie night or simply enjoying your family’s company.
Forever Sanctuary Range
With reverse living you can take advantage of local views with the Esplanade 260. The master bedroom can also be found on the top floor along with a walk-in-robe and ensuite creating a perfect private sanctuary for parents.
Forever Sanctuary Range
The Esplanade 281 adds an additional bedroom for a larger family. The large kitchen features a stunning walk-in-pantry and island benchtop to help make cooking a breeze.
Forever Sanctuary Range
The Tarwin 301 is a massive family home where the ground level boasts a large open-plan kitchen, dining and family area that opens up to the undercover outdoor alfresco. There is plenty of space for a family in this design!
Have you fallen in love with any of the home designs? If not, Hotondo Homes has over 90 other flexible floor plans to choose from! You can check them all out at hotondo.com.au/new-home-designs/
However, with so many decor styles on offer, it can be confusing when it comes to choosing the colours and style for your home.
The most important thing to remember is to choose a style and theme that complements your personality. The interior design process starts at your colours and selections meeting, and will continue after handover as you move your furniture in.
Defined by open space and ‘sophisticated’ neutral colours like white, beige, taupe and black, contemporary décor is all about clean, neat lines. The furniture often has a clear, defined shape to provide a smooth profile, and not many accessories are required. If you want to add something a little extra, large pieces of art or a defined feature wall is the way to go.
French provincial is a warm and inviting style that emanates from the French countryside. Marble, stone and timber are all used in beautiful whites and creams, with curved legs and other decorative details the standout feature on the furniture. If it is elegance you are after, French provincial is the way to go.
Modern industrial décor combines simplicity and authenticity. Think heavy features with eclectic elements, large graphic patterns mixed with recycled wood and neutral finishes with splashes of bold colour. Modern industrial décor has character and charm to it. It also represents a modern take on old trends.
Whether you live by the beach or just dream about ocean breezes, coastal-themed interior décor should reflect the beauty and luxury of living by the sea. It should have a relaxed ease about it and feel open and airy. White finishes with touches of light coloured wood and sea-themed accents in lights blues are perfect for a coastal home.
White décor has been a popular trend for some time. It’s a harmonious and pleasant shade to use in the home because it represents luxury, yet also has a relaxed vibe about it. White décor provides a good base for the home to then implement splashes of colour through cushions and wall hangings.
Which of the decor styles is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!
Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder today to find out more!
Converting a garage is typically cheaper than taking on a full-blown extension, but the downside is you will lose your indoor parking space (obviously).
There is much more to converting a garage to a bedroom than simply adding furniture. While it is considerably cheaper than an extension, renovators should prepare for significant upfront costs.
To that end, there are a few structural changes you will need to attempt first.
Proper insulation, flooring and waterproofing
Garages typically do not have the same insulation as the rest of your home would. When poor weather comes through, the tenant is likely to either freeze or fry depending on the season. Correctly insulating the room is your first step. You should also cover the cold concrete flooring with new carpet or floorboards. Nothing screams “this was a GARAGE” quite like tire treads and oil-stained concrete. Since garage floors are not elevated, you will also have to make sure water cannot enter the room. You may need to elevate the floor or have an expert check it out. Below is a garage that has been converted into an office:
Windows, lighting and power
Adding appropriate lighting will do wonders for the liveability of the room. If there are no windows, you will need to add some. Windows will increase the light and ventilation of the room, which will make it feel much more like a part of the home.
You will also need to arrange for an electrician to install power points for lighting, heating and cooling units if required.
If you are looking at three walls of brick, you may want to consider installing new walls. You may also consider building an insulated wall in front of the existing garage doors to complete the illusion the room is a part of the rest of the home. Just like a quick paint job can instantly lift a room, so too can adding standard plaster.
Once you have the structural elements ready, you can begin on the design. If you have a double garage you are generally going to have a fair amount of space to play with to add a bedroom suite, lounge suite or whatever your family requires. A garage typically does not come with built-in storage space, so allowing for free-standing wardrobes, drawers or shelving is wise. Don’t be afraid to move things around to look for the optimal and most efficient design.
READ MORE: How to create a bedroom you will love
Whenever adding extensions or additional rooms to your home you will need to contact your local council to obtain the correct permits, so be sure to do this straight away. If done correctly, a garage renovation can be a great benefit to your family. Be sure to get professional help if you are not confident, and do not cut corners to ensure your new bedroom will be a safe and comfortable one.
What do you think about converting a garage to a bedroom? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!
Family-friendly homes generally have a number of separate living areas to cater for both parents and children. Children’s bedrooms are often set in their own wing, and versatile spaces are available as they become older and family dynamics change.
Most importantly, a good home design will suit your family’s needs. What is perfect for one family may not be right for another, so it is vital to determine what the most important elements are to you.
Hotondo Homes Home Navigator tool can help you find up to nine designs suitable for you based on a short, two-minute questionnaire designed to determine what you need in a home. Below we have listed our own personal top nine family-friendly home designs for you to consider when building your dream home.
DOUBLE STOREY HOMES
The Amora 384
The Amora features three separate living areas – one upstairs and two downstairs – to offer plenty of space for a larger family to relax or entertain simultaneously.
The Hotham 247
The Hotham contains a leisure space upstairs along with a study nook tucked away in the corner, making it an ideal space for children to occupy while parents enjoy the open-plan living downstairs.
The Lorne 302
If you have younger children you need to keep an eye on, the Lorne may be the one for you. The downstairs semi-private living space is secluded enough from the rest of the home to provide some privacy, but parents can keep an eye on children from the kitchen.
The Tarwin 297
Maintain your privacy with the Tarwin. Perfect for slightly older families, the Tarwin keeps the children and parent bedrooms separated, upstairs and downstairs.
SINGLE STOREY HOMES
The Birchgrove 222
Single storey homes that feature a kid’s zone or rumpus around the children’s bedrooms are great family-friendly homes, just like the Birchgrove.
The Erskine 290
The Erskine features all three children’s bedrooms in a separate wing to the rest of the home. The semi-private lounge space could also be closed off to provide another space for a family to enjoy.
The Jamieson 222
Just like the Erskine, the Jamieson has all the children’s bedrooms in a separate wing, which also includes a kid’s zone. This versatile space can turn into a bedroom if required.
The Marcoola 209
The Marcoola offers three distinct zones, the master bedroom area, the living area and the secondary bedroom wing, making it one of our particularly popular family-friendly homes.
The McRae 250
The McRae is a versatile home where the lounge and kid’s zone can be converted into other rooms like an extra bedroom, home theatre or study, depending on your family’s requirements.
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Multigenerational living occurs when two or more generations are living under a single roof. According to a paper delivered to the State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, over four million Australians lived in multigenerational homes. It accounts for a massive one in five Australians, with proportions higher in major cities.
There is a huge range of reasons families may choose to live in multigenerational homes, including:
When a home is large enough for multigenerational living, it can be a mutually beneficial arrangement. Grandparents can spend more time with the family, it is easier to save money and everyone can live in a safe and supported environment.
WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN MULTIGERNATIONAL HOMES?
These days, many builders offer numerous designs that would be suitable for multigenerational living. When searching for a home, be sure to consider the size of the bedrooms, the location of bathrooms and whether you are going to require more than one living space.
The Aon (Courtyard or Garage)
The first, and perhaps most obvious choice, for a multigenerational home is to look at a duplex option. The Aon 265 (Courtyard) and the Aon 265 (Garage) offer the ability for two generations to easily live side by side, without invading each other’s space. With completely separate living areas, kitchens and bedrooms all within the one dwelling, duplexes are a great way to fully utilise a block of land and achieve a multigenerational home!
The Amora 384 (pictured) and the Como 449
The best part of the Amora and the Como is that these designs offer a walk-in-robe and ensuite in every bedroom, which helps give a family extra privacy as well as their own space. Both homes also feature three separate living spaces, meaning there is plenty of room for all residents to sit, relax or entertain.
The Highlander 329
For something a little bit different, a loft home like the Highlander 329 provides the perfect space for an extra family member. There is also the added bonus of having the sitting room directly below the loft, meaning there is the option to allocate the entire space to them.
The Erskine 240
For families who would like the option to convert their home to suit multiple generations down the track, the Erskine 240 is a great option. The semi-private lounge area can easily be closed off, creating a new bedroom that has easy access to the bathroom, toilet and family space.
The Hillgrove Range
The Hillgrove Range offers tri-level living, perfect for multigenerational homes. With bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 on the third level, complete with separate bathroom, storage and living space, it offers a great solution for families who need their space. (Hillgrove 250 pictured)
For more home designs, visit the Hotondo Homes website at hotondo.com.au
Beaumont Tiles has reported a resurgence of interest in structured and textured tiles with sales/interest in this category jumping by 15 per cent over the past 12 months.
Modern structures like New York’s Guggenheim Museum, the Sydney Opera House, and London’s 30 St Mary Axe are providing the inspiration for specialist tile designs. It’s the influence of large scale social monuments that is finding its way into every day Australian homes.
Beaumont Tiles Communication and Design Specialist, Christie Wood said creating interesting design isn’t just about furniture and accessories.
“People are using different shapes, sizes and textures to create a unique point of difference,” she said.
“We have moved on from interiors being monochrome, slick and clean-cut. Now homeowners want calming and natural spaces punctuated with artistic areas reflecting their own personal style.”
Modern art flair is being applied with tiles in places like nooks, interspersed throughout other tiles, or as feature walls in their own right.
Mrs Wood recommends renovators ‘trial’ a look first to ensure they get the right design. Beaumont’s Scan & Play facility allows you to use any tile from their showroom and place it into a virtual room.
TILE DESIGNS WITH A MODERN TWIST
Try and create a flow throughout the house. Choose a textured tile style and technique and use it in every room to create a common thread. You can also mix the technique up (but use the same tile) to add surprise around each corner.
Bedroom: Add some depth to your bedroom by creating a feature wall or strip behind your bed using structured tiles with a softer look. Try decorative textures, such as softer floral patterns or lace. For the epitome of luxurious embellishment, try Beaumont’s Lasso Bronze Lace Satin structured tile. This bronze beauty is embossed in sumptuous lace patterning which softens the harshness of the texture, creating an indulgent look.
Bathroom: Wall tiles are a simple but effective way to add texture to your bathroom. Large format, structured wall tiles such as Beaumont’s Alba Tetra and Alba Flow are a great way to break up plain white tiles. Structured hexagonal tiles in different shades can create a 3D effect and a focal point on a bath or even behind the toilet suit. Try Beaumont’s Buxy Grey Hex.
Living Room: Make the floor or wall the feature by transforming it into its own work of art through the use of decorative tiles. Pair with minimal furnishings. Margarite is a bold Oriental-inspired decorative tile which comes in more than 10 faces.
Kitchen: Play with texture on a splashback. Mosaics are a popular option and allow you to really highlight certain colours and patterns. Pair with a simple kitchen benchtop to keep it low key. The Carrara Bianco Penny Round Mosaic encapsulates a marble-look in a unique pattern that could suit almost any colour scheme.
Hallway: Hallways – often the forgotten space – can be made more interesting by using texture. Structured tiles are best here. Penta is a pentagon tile that creates the look of a padded wall, while Scales is a tile made at an offset angle which allows a little bit of bold colour to peek through between each tile.
For more tile designs for your home, visit the Beaumont Tiles website at beaumont-tiles.com.au
The kitchen, living area and bathroom of your home are always given plenty of attention. Couches are carefully chosen, towels are matched to your décor and appliances are coordinated to complement your bench tops. However, even though a bedroom can be the most personal part of your home, turning it into an amazing space is not always on the top of list. (more…)
Plates, cutlery and glass tumblers are all essential. You should invest in at least one decent frying pan or a pot that will get you through some basic meals. Stock up on food staples like salt and pepper, tomato sauce, pasta, coffee and tea, and don’t forget dishwashing liquid and a drying rack for your dishes. In terms of big appliances and furniture, first and foremost purchase a fridge, table and chairs.
WHAT CAN WAIT: As much as we love them, a dishwasher is not essential when the budget is tight.
ON THE CUSP: A microwave can be a great shortcut if you are still moving in and budgeting hard. But while it may make cooking easier, is it a luxury?
Purchase the best bed you can afford. Comfort is more important to your health than you may know. If you need space for your clothes, bedside tables look good and can be useful, however…
WHAT CAN WAIT: …if you have a decent wardrobe, bedside tables and dressers can wait!
Don’t forget to bring toilet cleaner, a toilet brush and toilet paper to your new home. You are going to need towels, and one item that is often overlooked, a bathmat. Ensure you have your toothbrush and toothpaste!
WHAT CAN WAIT: Most bathroom items are essential, however you can hold off on any decorative features you may be considering.
Whichever way you do your laundry, within your home or out, you are going to need laundry detergent, some form of clothes line and a hamper for your dirty clothes.
WHAT CAN WAIT: Dryers are expensive to run, so consider getting your old clothes horse out to use inside during the colder months.
ON THE CUSP: A washing machine is the one of the only appliances that can be outsourced until your budget allows for a purchase. How easily you can transport your clothes and accessibility to a laundromat will of course come into play, but, ultimately, do you really need one right now?
We always recommend buying a quality and durable couch.
WHAT CAN WAIT: Coffee tables and table accents are not a priority here.
ON THE CUSP: Up for fierce debate is the necessity of a TV. Some would argue yes, some would argue no, we leave this up to you.
Finally you should always have a good stock of cleaning products, including:
What do you think are the necessities in a new home? Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments below.